Meet Gladys, Another Pit Bull Hero!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

On a cold March day in Rhode Island, Gladys, a beloved member of the MacNaught-Stahl family was going about her business unaware that by days end she would be a hero.

While outside the family home enjoying the afternoon Gladys alerted eight year old Ezekiel she had found something. She led him to a tiny baby bunny and began gently nudging the helpless creature with her nose. Ezekiel in turn informed his father Eli of Gladys’ discovery and fearing the bunny was orphaned brought the lone tiny rabbit inside the house out of the cold. When mom Heather arrived home she asked Gladys to show them where the bunny came from. Without hesitation Gladys led the family directly to the out of the way nest in their yard where there were three more tiny baby bunnies.

One of the tiny baby bunnies

Quickly, wanting to do right by the bunnies, the family contacted a local wildlife rescuer who came to pick up the four baby bunnies. Upon examination the rescuer believed them to be about one week old. Gladys watched intently as the rescuer removed the bunnies, put them into a container and left. Gladys then ran over to the empty nest where she laid for the next few hours. She seemed a bit sad so four year old Israel thoughtfully sat with her for a bit.

Gladys missing the bunnies

The wild life rescuer soon contacted the family to let them know that while two of the bunnies passed away, two were thriving. She offered to bring the two very healthy bunnies back to see Gladys – and needless to say, Gladys was ecstatic upon their arrival. She was very excited to get close to them and see for herself that they were in fact doing well.

Reunited with her rescues

There is a saying within the rescue community, “Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal”. And it is true. As it happened, the day following the bunnies’ rescue there was a huge snowstorm. The bunnies, being so little and all alone, would have certainly died if it were not for Gladys’ gentle touch and loving nature. These bunnies will soon be released into the wild once old enough. It is all thanks to Gladys the pit bull who once again is breaking stereotypes and dispelling the myths that dogs of her breed are inherently aggressive and vicious.

We love you Gladys!

Reunited with her rescues

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14 Responses to Meet Gladys, Another Pit Bull Hero!

  1. terry otero says:

    oh my that story made me cry. Gladys bless you, such a pretty girl

  2. Linda Morris says:

    Good for her!! Maybe more of these stories will quell the innate fear of these wonderful dogs. I hope she got a good scratching behind her ears, and she can continue to interact with these sweet babies. Love the Pit Bulls!! They deserve it.

  3. Sarah V V Hill says:

    I had a Collie X very much like this. Could have tiny baby rabbits, birds etc. round her – she just loved them. What a lovely dog – hear so many bad news stories about Pit Bulls & Staffs.

  4. Jeanette says:

    I have said, and always will, ANY dog can attack no matter what breed. How an animal reacts and acts to the outside world is determined on how it was raised. Pitts and Staffs get a bad rap because most people that own this breed train them to be mean or mistreat them and so they have no other choice but to defend themselves when feeling threatened.

    This story, and many more, are a prime example of a dog raised/trained correctly; with a loving touch. Gladys and her family are an example that should be followed. Nice job Gladys, nice job!!!

  5. I would love all of you reading these words to know…
    I myself have 3 dogs that do similar “work”
    ScarFace, his daughter Dizzy, and PT
    their rescue pup they too raised from birth with another.

    My babies raise kittens from birth as well…
    Are you going to join us on FaceBook and rescue kittens with us…
    Welcome to PityCats rescue…

    I want to hire your dog…

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  6. Kymmee J says:

    I’m all choke up! WTG Gladys! You are definitely one sweet girl!

  7. Toni Dean says:

    Thank you, Gladys, for showing the world that pits are not man-eating monsters!!

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  11. the dog was a sweetie- but they should have left the bunnies – mum bunny would more than likely have come back for them. Becuse of predators, mummy bunnies only visit their nest once or at most twice a day to feed. They hide the babies in nests in tall grass or thickets.

  12. Hi Sheenagh, this is Gladys’s owner. We consulted wildlife specialists to decide on the best course of action. It was determined that this may have been a first-time mom, as the babies had not been properly sheltered. This is why rabbits’ first litters rarely survive, and why they mate so frequently. There was a freak snowstorm that same night, and the rabbits would never have survived, given that the nest was inadequate.

  13. Lovely story and pics of a lovely dog! And family too of course!

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